Leon County Commission candidate Christian Caban edges Lynda Bell after recount, will face Hannah Crow in runoff

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Only 13 votes separated Caban and Bell.

Almost a week after the Primary Election, the candidate going up against Hannah Crow in a Nov. 8 runoff for Leon County Commission District 2 has been determined, with 30-year-old businessman Christian Caban edging out Lynda Bell by just 13 votes.

A recount became necessary in the seven-candidate race as Caban and Bell both garnered 15.9% of the vote, trailing Crow, who had 26%. Caban held a 13-vote lead over Bell, leading to the machine and manual recount.

Leon County Supervisor of Elections Mark Earley said the machine recount on Saturday removed 213 ballots that were incorrectly bubbled by voters. On Monday, each ballot was assessed by hand. None of those votes went to Caban or Bell, and Caban held on to his 13-vote lead.

“We are glad this part of the campaign is over, and we can get back to work bringing voice to the many needs in District 2,” Caban said in a statement. “I appreciate everyone who took the time to vote in the primary and especially those who supported our campaign.”

He continued: “Thanks to Lynda Bell for her patience and civility during the recount. I know we both agree that District 2 needs a fighter who will make sure our district doesn’t continue to get left behind and the short end of the stick. I am that fighter, and I will work even harder to earn each and every vote needed to become the next Leon County Commissioner from District 2.”

Caban and Crow, a communications professional, emerged from a field of seven candidates for the District 2 seat, which opened up following the death of Commissioner Jimbo Jackson.

During his campaign, Caban said District 2 “needs someone to vouch for it and recruit businesses there that create economic opportunities.”

“If you look at Tallahassee, there’s a clear divide in politics right now,” he said. “I am a fresh voice that hopefully can connect parties that have clear, opposite views on things.”

Aimee Sachs

Aimee Sachs covers politics in her hometown of Tallahassee and the Panhandle. The University of Florida graduate began her career as a sportswriter for the Tallahassee Democrat, Lakeland Ledger and MLB.com. She has also worked for Courthouse News Service and was a senior reporter for The Florida Channel before joining Florida Politics. You can email Aimee at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @AimSachs.


  • Caban’s a fraud

    August 31, 2022 at 2:50 am

    Caban is a fraud and doesn’t deserve to run anything in government. If I’m being honest I’d be extremely scared if he was in any type of office. He’s clearly just power hungry as his regular job pays him over a million a year. Why does he need to run for an office job that only pays 80k? He clearly just wants power, that’s what happens once you make a lot of money. He’s switched parties and taken in lots of money from special interest groups. If we let this fraudulent man into office we’ve failed as a society. He’s racist and couldn’t make it more obvious by campaigning and doing events in the black communities, that’s a majority of what he posts about. If you’re fooled by this man I feel sorry for you. I find it extremely sad that instead of doing real good he decides to go for power. He acts like he wants to help the community while making over a million a year and taking in thousands of dollars in campaign money. Oh but he donates to chantries. Year right so he can get a tax right off on the million dollars he makes a year. Nobody is stupid we know how taxes work 😂

    • Cabans a fraud

      August 31, 2022 at 3:43 am

      Not to mention he’s literally a coke head. Him and his little frat buddies think they’re cool because they made some decent money in the club business but be real who would want someone like him running an office position. If you don’t believe me on him being a coke head just go look at some of his pictures online his eyes are mad dilated, him and his little buddy Pierce Harbin. Literally eyes max dilated like he just came back from the the eye doctor 😂

    • Caban the fraud man

      August 31, 2022 at 3:48 am

      Not to mention the guys a coke head 😂 him and his little frat buddy think they’re cool because they made soMe money in the club business. Like let’s be real who wants someone like him in office? Don’t believe me? Just go look at some of his profile pictures, him and his buddy Pierce Harbin. Eyes max dilated like they just came back from the eye doctor lol

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